Meet The Original Force Of Nature
A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.
Bad memories in my life:
Getting made fun of by Erin Olsen in 8th grade.
Having surgery at a hospital.
The music in The Lorax.
10 minutes of message shoehorned into 80 minutes of nonsensical, unfunny gags and unnecessary pop songs. It's possible to make an entertaining and appealing children's film without talking down (see: Pixar, How to Train Your Dragon), but apparently Illumination Entertainment thinks cute schtick and jokes upon jokes are the only way to keep kids' attention.
In the last couple of years these animated films have come on leaps and bounds in terms of really 'competing' with the Disney Pixar classics such as Toy Story, Ratatouille and Wall E but I think there was a point last year that really saw these competitors from Sony, Dreamworks and Illumination really start to rival the entertainment and storytelling that Pixar is so good at doing and this film had gotten me a little excited from early trailers but I never expected what I got in return.
The characters were all lovable in their own right and the voice artistry offered by big name stars such as Zac Efron, Ed Helms and Danny DeVito for once, really worked with…
I am a fan of good moviemaking as well as Dr. Seuss, and this film offended me on both fronts.
First off, the music. Holy. Fucking. Shit. "How Bad Can I Be" has to be the most vile thing to ever enter my ears. How bad can you be? Really fucking bad.
The terrific Dr. Seuss book that this is based on works so well because of its simplicity. The book has a kind of surreal melancholy about it that actually makes you upset at the destruction of all the beautiful Truffula trees. The book has a very clear message, yes, but it's told in such a way that it doesn't feel like propaganda or that it's being shoved down…
Zac Efron manages to be the first person I've ever seen over-act in an animated film.
Probably the least-subtle movie ever made. It's more of a message than a story. But I was entertained. And the blu-ray looks incredible.
I just need to say that the dialogue utterly ruined any semblance of hope this film had of keeping me the slightest bit interested.
As one of my favorite Dr. Suess books, I was excited to hear they were making this into a film, but upon seeing the trailers, I was worried. I finally watched it tonight, and while it wasn't *awful*, it was definitely a good 30 minutes longer than it needed to be, and the obnoxious pop songs were lame.
But the voice acting was pretty great, and the Bar-ba-loot Bears were just so cute!
Colourful and energetic, but excessively modern.
The message given to kids is good, and although some may find it a bit preachy, I found it an enjoyable and good looking film, which lacks any real substance apart from the message it is trying to put across about saving the trees etc. The film lacks any true laughs, but replaces them with some bright and colourful musical numbers which although may be slightly forgettable, suit perfectly within the film. Perfect watch for children, while the older generation may enjoy the visuals and the music, even though it may be a little too 'Pop-y' at times.
Such a huge disappointment. The trailer was so beautiful: the world of Dr. Seuss gorgeously rendered and accompanied by The Polyphonic Spree's "Light and Day". I was readily swept up, despite some clear warning signs (Zac Efron. Taylor Swift. Jokes).
Then I watched the movie. An overtly preachy, deliriously unfunny and unlikeable film, full of grating music and annoying characters. I found myself actively hating it, fuming at how bad it was. To top things off, the final act is basically HORTON HEARS A DEJA VU.
I wish I could at least take comfort in a positive message to respect and protect nature, but that should be inherent in the story, not ham-fisted up my ass with a shoehorn.
story with a moral. great animation & super cute creatures. very enjoyable.
Yo siempre viendo películas cuchis, y esta es una de esas <3.
A brand new clean CRB check for a new job came through the post during the week, and as such I thought I might be able to go see The Lorax on my own without being challenged by parents concerned by a strange solo bearded gentlemen in a U rate movie. It didn’t stop the suspicious looks and I’m worried that my defiant expression may well have been misinterpreted as a level of brazen shamelessness.
Anyway It wasn’t all that great, to be honest. The animators have done a decent enough job of adapting Seuss’s illustrations but the poetry has been virtually written out of the script. I was impressed by the surprisingly sophisticated plot, the casual deconstruction of neo-con…
The film is very preachy, but that’s part and parcel with what it is adapting. But it’s also a fun story, told in an entertaining fashion, and is worth seeing just because of how beautiful it all looks. I think this is one adaptation that Dr. Seuss would have approved of. Read full review.